MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Shelby County inmate faces charges for using a smuggled cellphone to post Facebook messages from his prison cell.
Martez Wright is serving a six-year sentence for aggravated burglary, filing a false offense report and theft.
The Corrections Center Director received a tip on April 17 that Wright had posted messages on the social media site.
“Once we got the tip earlier this week, we immediately launched an investigation. For the past couple of days, we’ve had Wright and many others under observation to see who else might be involved in the scheme,” said James Coleman, Director of the Shelby County Corrections Center.
In one video, Wright is seen smoking in his cell. “We’re interviewing all officers and staff in Wright’s cellblock. We have strict policies and procedures about contraband and the proper monitoring of inmates,” added Coleman.
Facebook entries show Wright had two pages. One was started in February, the other one in early April. The last entry was made on April 19.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell was briefed just before Wright was moved to a separate housing unit.
“I’m pleased our staff took quick action. However, I’m very concerned. Those who do not follow policies and procedures face disciplinary action or possible termination. Additionally, I’ve asked Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy to lead an internal investigation about this incident. We should have those details within a couple of weeks,” added Mayor Luttrell.
Investigators found the cellphone and cigarettes in Wright’s cell. Other cells were also being searched for contraband.